Post 445: whoa! time to stand back

What a day! Andy was especially clever today avoiding his medicine, though my brother (more clever by far!) trapped him by the open back door by whistling like a bird. That got Andy’s attention long enough for my brother to snatch him up. Poor baby!

I’ve had Internet issues and television issue the past few weeks that came to a head today. Worked out through the provider’s automated help service, I learned the two-way coaxial splitter was the issue. What?! Not unlike cars, anything I know about computers seems to come from bad experiences, failures of parts within the larger device. “Two-way coaxial splitter” is one of those concepts, things, I just want to work. I could give a flip that there is such a thing — and truly don’t want to know there is such a thing! — let alone have to find out they can go bad and I had to locate one of these unicornish devices before I could continue on.

Tried to get one really nice photo of Dougy today. This is the sort of thing I got: Dougy's closed eye portrait brought on by his knowledge that the camera sometimes flashes a bright light...!

Tried to get one really nice photo of Dougy today. This is the sort of thing I got: Dougy’s closed eye portrait brought on by his knowledge that the camera sometimes flashes a bright light…!

Oh, once I re-established connections with/through the two-way coaxial splitter gizmo, the television turned on immediately without any annoying glitches (like it’s been doing) and the computer had instant Internet connectivity. Even videos worked faster on YouTube. “Two-way coaxial splitter” is a new thing to me, but I’ve come to accept it as good. It’s surprisingly common, too, unlike unicorns! I located one with my first telephone call. Whew!

Yes, more photo failures with Dougy!

Yes, more photo failures with Dougy!

My brother has a cellphone that needed minutes added. Grr! Came at the same time I was learning to know what the two-way coaxial splitter was. Too much technology at once! Should be simple. The first 23-number code I punched in was just the start….! (My brother’s daughter’s boyfriend patiently lead me through the process.) Step two was to punch in a 27-number code. Thank you sweet Jesus! The phone was happy with that code, too, and the minutes magically appeared on his phone! Curious, though, that if every human being alive had a unique number, starting with 1 and ending with seven billion whatever, no one would have a number longer than 10 digits long! Clever monkeys, my rump.

Hee! Hee! The challenge just gets bigger and bigger. At least Dougy's in focus. Isn't he?

Hee! Hee! The challenge just gets bigger and bigger. At least Dougy’s in focus. Isn’t he?

Did I mention I broke the glass front of my stove the other day? Why a smoked piece of safety glass was incorporated into the design I don’t know. Seems kind of impractical. Good design? Aesthetically pleasing? Stupid use of a delicate material for the application? Who knows. Damn inconvenient, but the oven and stove still work fine. In time, I’ll figure out what to do with the oven door without the picture window. I suppose I’ll end up buying a new door since just replacing the glass would be too simple. Yep. In the meantime, it looks pretty primitive, just raw metal and parts. Some door.

Hey! Dougy's eyes are open and he actually looks pretty good in this photo!

Hey! Dougy’s eyes are open and he actually looks pretty good in this photo!

Well, Dougy’s photo with open eyes is a bit “soft-focused” but that may be as good as it gets. What the heck! I tried one more time!

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Heck, that’s about as good as it’s going to get today. So I tried taking a photo of Andy.

Yep, Andy turned his head to avoid getting flashed, too. Time to call it quits. There's always another day.

Yep, Andy turned his head to avoid getting flashed, too. Time to call it quits. There’s always another day.

6 thoughts on “Post 445: whoa! time to stand back

  1. Our internet connection is strange. This building is old and connections are hard to make here, so we have a wireless router hooked up to the modem in the bedroom and our computers are in the front room an kitchen, along with iPad and two cell phones-and they all run off to the wifi.
    It works pretty good.
    Love the photos, especially the second one of Dougy with his eyes closed. He looks like such a beautiful, adorable fluff ball.
    Your boys are beautiful and so adorable and they steal hearts<:) They make my heart smile.

    • Aw, the boys say >meow< (thanks!)! They are soft and cuddly cats, though they are still young enough they don't appreciate a good cuddle as much as I believe they will in later life. They turn three years old on July 1st, incidentally. I think I'll celebrate it with lots of photos! 😉 (All with closed eyes or backs of heads, no doubt!)

      Now that I've replaced my two-way coaxial splitter, all's well. I have a wireless connection to my router since the alternative was (at the time I first brought a computer into the apartment 10 years ago) to do some extensive rewiring of the cable company's original set-up, which was for someone with just a television. I have wireless connections for my all-in-one machine, keypad, and mouse, too. Even then, there's a tangle of cords behind my computer! I'd go completely wireless if I could.

  2. Smoked glass would seem to defeat the purpose of having glass — so see what’s baking without opening the door. I do still hear my mother’s voice nearly every time I open my metal oven door to check progress. (She’s telling me to shut the door.) Glad the cats are doing well. My kittens have completed the transition from climbers to jumpers. I have one, maybe two, days left before they are all over my kitchen cabinets. Worst part about cats.

    • I am amazed Andy and Dougy never became cabinet jumpers, though they don’t respect the dining room table! Anyway, enjoy the “kids” for that short time left before they become a bad boy and a bad girl!
      Maybe you’ll luck out, too. My boys do a lot of furniture jumping, have a cat tree in two rooms, have access to lots of boxes, tubs, and chairs, and seem to wear themselves out for other adventures. COme to think of it, when I use the toilet, Dougy does get up on the bathroom sink for a snoop around of the Waterpic, toothbrush, toothpaste tube, etc. And Andy sleeps on top of the washing machine, unless the drier door is open…! I am a bit delusional about how good they are, I see!

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